Mini Apple Crumbles

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Something I have been wanting to do for quite a while on Noming is to share my journey to health. It’s been up and down, and by all means filled with baggage. Probably pretty typical for a lot of people. But I don’t feel like a lot of people talk about the bad days, or the journey itself. You just get a lot of the “after’s” when people are nice and pretty and put together. But life is messy and finding your way is no different.

So why haven’t I shared?

Because somehow this world has turned into a mean and cruel monster. And the internet lets the assholes thrive. As opinionated and stubborn as I am – I don’t come with thick skin. My days are filled with emotion and are impacted by others more than anything. However not ideal at times, it’s kind of how I work. It’s how I make sense of the world. It’s just me. And while I attempt to brush things off, it just seems to go on repeat in my head. Even the times when I’ve done nothing wrong, I just can’t seem to let it go. I do NOT let things go. Which is a superb quality to have – ummmm no.

So I haven’t been able to decide what’s best. For me.

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Opening yourself up is scary shizzz, and in some ways I feel like you are almost asking for it (on the internet) with all the a-holes lurking in the shadows. But there’s that whole notion of “you’re letting the a-holes win,” but sometimes that might be a better option. You know, “a fight not worth fighting” sort of deal. But “you have to live your life” yeah but I don’t have to broadcast it.

So then there’s this quote…

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
- Criss Jami

I think we all find our strength that we didn’t know we had in our weakest moments, those moments where we are vulnerable and decide somehow to move even though being still is so much easier. I know that exact case is true for me. One of those “I didn’t know I had it in me,” deals.

Now on the other end of this stick… why is it that people have to be so judgmental, and where did all the support and kindness go? OR how about that good ole saying… “if you don’t have anything nice to say than zip it,” okay I think it’s more like “then don’t say anything at all,” but I like “zip it” better.

You have to live for you at the end of the day, with or without the a-holes. But you also shouldn’t take a vase and decide to play kickball with it either. Did I just compare myself to a vase? Oh boy.

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Alright let me think on this while we talk mini apple crumbles!

HOOOORAY!

Now crumble, is well… crumbly. So these are not little pies with tons of structure to them. They are crumbles for crying out loud in hand/bite sized form. To remove them from their cute little mini muffin tin you’ll want to use a little spatula or a butter knife, and go down one side of the cup, wiggle your utensil a little bit under the crumble and then just lift ‘er on out. They can be a little messy as the crumble likes to try and go on it’s own adventures. But they are soooo worth every little crumbley piece.

Logan likes to throw a whole crumble in his mouth and pull a chipmunk cheek, while I like to go in for two bites. I’m sure Logan’s method does not come at any surprise.

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Kitchen Wisdom:

If you check out the directions you’ll see that you want to microwave your apples, this is because they won’t be in the oven long enough to actually cook, so you’ll end up with a rather raw filling. Throwing them in the microwave gives them the cooking time they need for you to have a soft delicious apple filling.

I sprinkled a little cloves in my crumble, if you are super anti-cloves, skip-it. But I’d still definitely encourage cinnamon, or maybe a little apple pie spice if you have that lying around, it definitely brings the flavors on home.

My muffin tin is a little 12 cupper, so I’ve yet to attempt to double this recipe. If you are thinking hey 24 is better than 12, which it completely is in all cases of food (except if your name is Meg and you are talking about doughnuts because you have absolutely zilch self control), you should be alright. The only foreseeable tweak I can think of is microwaving your mix a bit longer so that all of the diced apples are cooked. But you should be good to go – I think.

If you are looking to serve these and are worried about them and their crumble action you could try to use a mini muffin cup liner to contain their crumbliness. I haven’t tried it this way, so if you do please let me know. I don’t mind a little crumble here and there so I just opted out of using liners.

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

So Logan and I just ended up discussing this whole finding your true-self business, and how can you if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. A lot of what came up kept pointing to the discussion in this post in fact.

I think being true to yourself and being vulnerable has the greatest potential for rewards if you can handle the heat and flack that is sure to come your way. Hmmm…. I should go to an office supply store and make big posters with my face on them and motivating phrases. Such as… “nobody knows you like you and ice cream do” or “you’ve got this, just like you’ve got more stupid store rewards cards than any person needs.”

Alright, well I suppose I do need some more time to think. And maybe create a marshmallow suit in the meantime, so people’s shit just bounces right off and I remain sugary sweet. GAWD I’m full of it today aren’t I?

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

In the meantime you have homework.

Make these cute little bundles of joy AND share your favorite quote on life. Whether it’s motivation, love, goals, life in general, yadda yadda… share some words that hit home for you! Maybe something you’ll share will speak to someone else (me included).

Here’s my quote on life to keep with the theme (yes the second one, stop counting already):

“You can tell who the strong people are. They are the ones building others up rather than tearing them down.”
- Meg @ Noming thru Life

Now go out into the world and be nice! Don’t waste your time being an asshat – there’s enough of those in the world.

**Oh hey! If you make any of Noming’s recipes, be sure to snap a photo and share them on twitter or instagram with #nomingthrulife so that the rest of us Nom’ers can see too! I mean you would only make my day and all if you did!**

Mini Apple Crumbles - Delicious apple crumble in a healthier bite-sized form. (Vegan + GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Yield: 12 mini apple crumbles

Ingredients:

  1. For the apple filling:
  2. 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  4. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  5. For the crumble:
  6. 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (gluten free, if desired)
  7. 1/2 cup almond flour
  8. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  9. sprinkle of cinnamon
  10. sprinkle of cloves
  11. 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  12. 1 heaping tablespoon refined coconut oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 cup mini muffin pan. 
  • In a medium microwave safe bowl toss all the filling ingredients together and microwave for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool.  
  • In a small mixing bowl mix all crumble ingredients together, with the exception of the coconut oil. Add the coconut oil and with a fork mix and press ingredients until you have a nice crumbly mxture. 
  • Place 1/2 tablespoon of crumble mixture in the bottom of each muffin cup. Using one or two fingers on each hand, press the crumble mixture tightly into the bottom of each cup. Place 1 tablespoon of the apple mixture to each muffin cup leaving any liquid from microwaving in the bowl (you could also drain the apple mixture if that would be easier for you). Then evenly top each cup with remaining crumble and give just a light push on the crumble. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the crumble topping is nice and golden. 
  • Let cool and serve. 

Notes:

Microwaving the apples is essential to having a soft filling. If cloves aren’t your thing feel free to stick with just the cinnamon.
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15 comments

  1. Leslie @ flora foodie -

    LOVE this post. The recipe looks awesome (and I have a 10 pound box of apples waiting for me at home…), and you are SO right about finding strength in sharing our vulnerability. It’s so hard to do, and it’s so hard to talk about the bad days. My absolute favorite quote is by Roald Dahl: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

    • Meg -

      Thanks Leslie! You can have yourself a mini apple crumble party with all them apples you have hanging around. And I love Roald Dahl AND the quote you selected. I’m hoping whatever course I take will fall in line… “We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”

  2. Audrey @ Unconventional Baker -

    I totally know what you mean — it’s hard to open up, and it’s hard to face criticism, and it’s hard not to be open too… The internet is a crazy machine and you never know whatchagonna get…

    But these apple crumbles sound delicious and what a cray (read: awesome) idea to microwave those apples first!

    • Meg -

      The internet is such a roulette, there can be so much positivity and support. Then there can be an unimaginable amount of hate and anger. And you are right, you never know who is going to throw what any more.
      Thanks Miss. Audrey it’s a trick that made all the difference for this one :)

  3. Ashley -

    One, these mini crumbles sound amazing!!!

    And two – “why is it that people have to be so judgmental, and where did all the support and kindness go?” – I ask myself that almost every day. The sad part is that I expect it from all the haters out there via the internet – the hardest for me is when you get it from like real people (well, you know what I mean!). Those you either actually know or are seeing face to face (like some of the downright angry people at the grocery store this am!).

    • Meg -

      One – thank you very much! :)

      Two – I’ve struggled with walking hate since moving to Columbus, aka big city ‘merica. Everyone is so entitled and out for themself. When someone is nice, I’m taken back – or wondering what the hell is going on. Makes me want to go live in the woods and go all hermit crab.

  4. Sarah | Well and Full -

    Oh Meg now I’m just dying to hear your story after reading all this!! You don’t have to share it if the time is not right, but I just wanted you to know that there ARE people who think you would be brave and strong for doing so. Like me ;) Opening yourself to people (especially on the internet) can be really hard. But I’ve found that the majority of people in the wellness blogging community (readers AND bloggers) have been really nice and supportive. And if they’re not, your buddy Sarah over here will step in and tell them to zip it ;)

    • Meg -

      Thank you SOOO much Sarah! Thank you for your kind words, your hope that the internet won’t completely turn on me, AND especially for being in my corner. People like you are what we all need to make a jump on good faith <3

  5. genevieve @ gratitude & greens -

    Ah, the internet. It’s filled with all sorts of interesting people… Judgmental people are THE worst. Seriously. I can’t deal when someone makes an (often quite mean) assumption. I used to shut down whenever I was upset and my friends, family, and boyfriend got very frustrated because they couldn’t make me feel better… So now I am trying to be better about sharing my vulnerabilities. I also remind myself that other people who are often mean/rude also have hardships and sometimes unfairly take it out on others. There is no excuse for bad behaviour, but I try to remind myself to be as empathetic as possible, which is so SO SO SO hard when someone’s treated me terribly. It is hard to share vulnerabilities.This is your space, so you share whatever you want, when you want to share it <3

    • Meg -

      “Interesting” being the key word there ;) I can definitely relate, I take things to heart when I really shouldn’t. And completely agree that those who show you anger or rudeness have their own demons at play, but it’s so hard to let go when it’s something you would never do to another person. So I’m on that boat with you friend… I’m trying to wrap my mind around this being my space… still working on molding it and finding my way. I think I have to just dive in head first and let it create itself in a way. Let it form it’s self into whatever organically. Thanks for your words Genevieve, truly!

  6. traci | vanilla and bean -

    Ah Meg. The struggle. Thank you for sharing with us, for reminding us to “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” ~ Maclaren As bloggers we are putting ourselves out there, but that doesn’t mean we are an open book for criticism… the we can just absorb anything and everything that comes our way… despite our marshmallow suit. And the fear of being vulnerable, I get it. How much do we open up, share, say… what will people think? Will it be misconstrued, taken in an unintended way? My heart is with you my dear. Thank you for this. And thank you for these pop in my mouth delicious treats of Fall! Perfection! xx

    • Meg -

      I think if we (read: the world) could keep Maclaren’s words in mind every day we would be in a better place, a more sympathetic one at least. The battle for content and what to share is definitely real. Who do you consider, yourself or others. And then to what extent is that hierarchy in place? I feel that through honesty I may be able to create a better space and more genuine one…
      And you are so welcome on these little apple treats, they are just in time for fall and the holidays. xo

  7. Faye -

    Hello sweetheart. First of all I love your roasted radish dish. I am a retired chef and have never thought to cook radishes. I am 69 years old and live in Sydney, Australia. I am appalled by the mean and nasty way in which so many people communicate now and I understand your reluctance to open yourself up to it. I can’t control how people behave on the net but on a personal level, if someone is rude or abrupt to me, I jump into super nice mode, speaking more softly and they usually calm it down. I learned that from my psychologist daughter! That is not the same as being a doormat. I actually have a strong but sensitive personality. I try to make a joke about my frailties before anyone else gets a chance. Be brave. You already shine so you are half way there.

    • Meg -

      Faye, thank you so much for your kindness and virtual love. I wish more people took your stance and were caring towards others. We all want the same things out of life… health and happiness. And it would be so much easier for us all to achieve some level of it if we built each other up instead of spending so much time tearing others down.
      I’m so happy your loved radishes!
      And do me a favor… keep beaming that bright light of yours my dear. xoxo

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